[quote user="bigblue4417"]From Michael Wilbon:
Unless the appeal filed by the teams
involved in Thursday's proposed trade (or a lawsuit reportedly being
considered by Paul) reverses the decision, the league now apparently
will allow free agency only as long as enough players to its liking are
willing to sign up to play in Portland, New Orleans, Charlotte, Salt
Lake City, Milwaukee, etc. You think Stern would have stopped this trade
had Paul been dealt for essentially the same package to, oh, Indiana?
Or Memphis? Or Oklahoma City? There isn't a chance in hell.</p>
what stopping this trade does is prevent New Orleans from getting
players who can help that small-market franchise not only recover, but
move on. Odom is one of the most versatile frontcourt players in the
NBA. Scola averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game last season.
Martin can get you 20 points a night. Dragic is a suitable backup.
What's wrong with this deal? Nothing, except the Lakers made it. This
isn't a heist; it's a deal that's easy to defend if you're looking at it
from the Hornets' viewpoint. What's more, executives from the Lakers
and executives from the Hornets made it. Club officials.</p>
Problem is, there are owners like Cleveland's Dan Gilbert, still whining like a 2-year-old over the departure of LeBron James, who want some sort of guarantee that small-market teams will get their share of free agents.</p>
We're sure to hear about a conflict of interest, what with the Hornets
being run by the league and dealing a great player to Los Angeles. So,
it would be OK for the NBA to trade Paul to a dreadful team, say the
Timberwolves? The NBA knew there could be the appearance of a conflict
when it made the decision to run the Hornets. Why should Paul play in
New Orleans indefinitely? Because management there was incompetent,
which it was? Because the Knicks -- talk about the pot calling the
kettle black -- don't like the trade? Since when do owners not involved
with a trade get to lobby against it? Where in the NBA rules does it say
other clubs get to whine that the Lakers will be too good again? And
who stands up to them and says, "Hey you MORONS, it's quite possible the
Hornets made a good deal here."</p>[/quote]
haha WIlbon! Thats exactly what I say!